LINCOLN — A first state title is one win away for Fremont Bergan.

The top-ranked Knights defeated Pleasanton 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 in a Class D-1 semifinal at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Bergan advanced to the 11 a.m. championship Saturday vs. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at the Devaney Center.

“The girls have worked really hard to get to this point,” coach Sue Wewel said. “This is a big deal for our program.”

The Knights went to work in the first set, opening a 15-9 advantage. The Bulldogs, who were riding a 21-game winning streak, could get no closer than five the rest of the way. The second set went much the same as Pleasanton stayed close early but couldn’t sustain it. Lexie Langley had the final kill of the set as Bergan grabbed a 2-0 lead in the match.

With victory in sight, the Knights stepped it up another notch in the third set. Langley had seven of her match-high 14 kills, including one on match point, to lift Bergan into the final.

“Lexie also had 25 digs,” Wewel said. “It was her time today, and in big matches we need to get her the ball.”

Wewel also cited the play of senior setter Allison Dieckmann, who had 31 assists.

“She put the ball where it needed to be,” the coach said.

Now it’s on to the championship match for Bergan, which hasn’t reached that destination since 2004. The Knights fell in the final that year to Humphrey St. Francis.

“Our seniors led the team today,” Wewel said. “And the rest followed.”

Pleasanton (32-3)............15 12 16

Fremont Bergan (32-4).....25 25 25

P (kills-aces-blocks): Kaci Pierce 1-0-0, Isabelle Paitz 3-0-0, McKenna Siegel 0-1-0, Paige Weisdorfer 0-2-0, Katelyn Lindner 7-0-1, Meghan Fisher 1-0-0, Natalie Siegel 1-0-0.

FB: Kaia McIntyre 1-2-0, Allison Dieckmann 1-2-0, Lexie Langley 14-6-3, Haley Kempf 8-1-3, Allie DeGroff 8-2-1, Lauren Baker 5-2-2, Emma Walz 0-2-0.

Set assists: P 19 (Siegel 15, Pierce 2, Lindner 1, Siegel 1). FB 32 (Dieckmann 31, DeGroff 1).

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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